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Call for submissions: Essays for an edited collection on culture and The Big Bang Theory (due 8/1/13)

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 2:16pm
Sean Miller, Editor, Scriblerus Press

Working title: Our Whole Universe: Essays on Culture and The Big Bang Theory

Scriblerus Press,

Now in its sixth hit season, CBS's television series The Big Bang Theory is undeniably popular. We also believe the show is culturally significant. Scriblerus Press seeks essays that engage with The Big Bang Theory for an upcoming edited collection. We're looking for essays that demonstrate a strong voice with a distinct point of view—and that make a focused, original claim about the show and its cultural significance. No plot summaries, reviews, encomiums, or diatribes.

International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2013)

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 1:50pm
Infonomics Society

The i-Society 2013 is Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE Toronto Section. The i-Society is a global knowledge-enriched collaborative effort that has its roots from both academia and industry. The conference covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to information society, which includes technical and non-technical research areas.

Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics: Ohrid, Macedonia, August 15-21, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:39pm
Euro-Balkan University (Skopje, Macedonia) & Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Belgrade, Serbia)

Euro-Balkan University (Skopje, Macedonia)
in cooperation with
Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University (Belgrade, Serbia)

Announces the CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the

(August 15-21 2013, Ohrid, Macedonia)

- Didier Eribon (School of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the University of Amiens, Paris, France)
- Antke Engel (Institute for Queer Theory, Hamburg/Berlin, Germany)
- Tomasz Sikora (Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland)

[UPDATE] Excess: Special issue of The Comparatist

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:27pm
The Comparatist

Call for Papers: Special Issue, The Comparatist
Topic: Excess
General Editor: Zahi Zalloua (Whitman College)

We welcome contributions that examine the problematic of excess in comparative studies and literary theory. What constitutes excess today? What does it name? Who defines it? How do literature and art manage or register excess? How is excess connected to the task of interpretation? Is excess still synonymous with transgression and subversion? Have its connotations changed under the sway of neoliberalism? Topics of interest could include:

Revue Trans- N° 16 issue "Literature, Landscape and Ecology"

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 6:20am
Ivan Salinas - Revue Trans-

If we consider the statement of Anne Cauquelin in "The Invention of the Landscape" (1989), our perception of the landscape is a construct, a cultural fact. The landscape is thus opposed to nature, because it is a nature shaped by the human eye. Alain Corbin, in "Man in the Landscape" (2001), agrees with this analysis: the landscape is "a way of reading" space. What happens when this reading of space becomes literature? Whether the landscape is an object of contemplation or an environment lived and experienced, it offers art one of the largest thematic and aesthetic field.

The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, Performativity

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 2:53am
University of Roma 3, the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, the University of the Aegean and Dublin City University


September 11th - 14th 2013, University of Roma 3, Rome, Italy


The specific focus of the Conference "The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, and Performativity" will be the posthuman, in its genealogies, as well as its theoretical, artistic and materialistic differences and possibilities. In order to guarantee a systematic treatment of the topic, we will particularly focus on the following themes:

When "I" Means "We": Poetry and Social Life

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 11:36pm
Princeton Comparative Poetry and Poetics Colloquium


When "I" Means "We": Poetry and Social Life
Eighth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetry & Poetics Colloquium
Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Saturday, May 4, 2013

Medieval Literature Standing Session

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 5:29pm
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

This panel is a standing session at PAMLA focusing on the literature of the Middle Ages, and welcomes papers investigating any aspect of literature from that period.

Making and Breaking the Rules: Discussions, Implementation and Consequences of Dominican Legislation (Deadline: 31 Aug 2013)

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:52pm
Cornelia Linde / German Historical Institute London

Recent scholarship has started to address underexplored questions concerning the regulative and organisational structures of religious orders in the Middle Ages. Volumes have been dedicated, for instance, to the orders' economic thought and organisation as well as questions of obedience. While a great amount of research has been dedicated to the Franciscans, the Cistercians and the Cluniacs, the Order of Preachers has been sidelined, despite the wealth of material that is available.

[UPDATE] Anemoi, Undergraduate Pre-Modern Journal - SUBMISSIONS DUE: MARCH 18

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:50pm
New College of Florida

Anemoi is a new peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of pre-modern studies being published by students at New College of Florida in Sarasota. We are looking for submissions and team members. We aim to provide a voice and CV opportunities to undergraduates.

This is an opportunity for new scholars to be published or involved in the facilitation of the journal. In addition to submitting papers for publication, students who would like to be more involved may apply on the website to be reviewers; students are also encouraged to take part in our publicity efforts as part of our outreach team. In return anyone on the outreach team will be given credit for their efforts.

[Deadline Extended] Literature, Space and Geography

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:13pm
Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature

3.2 'Neither Here Nor There: The (Non-)Geographical Futures of Comparative Literature'

In this special issue, Inquire invites article submissions that consider the relationship between geography and the study of literature. As always, Inquire encourages intellectual discussions that approach the text from inside and outside, considering the movement of literary artifacts across geographical spaces as well as the significance of geographical movement within literature.

The following lines of inquiry are of particular interest:

SAMLA 2013 Special Session: Performing Gender (abstracts due June 7, 2013)

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 3:14pm
SAMLA Conference

During the rise of the middle-class in the 19th century, American writers produced a variety of conduct and advice books to help those moving from the working-class into the middle-class "act properly" in society. These conduct books set up American ideals in regard to gender roles and housekeeping; their influence can be seen in the consumer culture and even in the design of houses in the 19th century. The conduct and advice book genre is alive and well today, and in many respects so are the same ideals from their 19th century counterparts.

Psychoanalysis, African Americans and Inequality

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:08pm
Special Issue of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society

The election and presidency of Barack Obama have urged reconceptualization of the social position held by African Americans in contemporary society. Debate and discussion abound in both scholarly and popular arenas as to whether the U.S. is finally moving toward a "post Racial" ideal or whether American society remains structured along lines largely demarcated by race. Legal scholar Michelle Alexander, for example, has highlighted in her bestselling book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" the discrepancy between a "Post Racial" ideal and the profoundly disturbing reality that the majority of young black men in major American cities are behind bars or labeled felons for life, trapped in a permanent second class status.